Lord Houghton of Richmond

Crossbench Peer


Crossbench Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 20 November 2017

Currently held offices

  • Member, International Relations and Defence Committee (since 31 Jan 2024)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, AI in Weapon Systems Committee (31 Jan 2023 to 23 Nov 2023)

Recent appearances

  • Artificial Intelligence in Weapon Systems Committee Report - Motion to Take Note 19 Apr 2024

    My Lords, it is a delight to follow the noble Lord, Lord Browne, whose companionship in the committee was but one of its many delights. I start by drawing attention to my relevant interests in the register, particularly my advisory role with three companies, Thales, Tadaweb and Whitespace, all of which have some interest in the exploitation of AI for defence purposes. It is great to see a few...
  • AUKUS Security Partnership - Question 13 Feb 2024

    Superficially, this sounds like very good news and I welcome it, but were there no voices at the National Security Council that spoke to caution at all in respect of risk and affordability? In terms of affordability, Team Barrow sounds quite expensive. Is this again going to be at the expense of the conventional programme of UK defence? In terms of risk, is there not a risk of leakage of our...
  • Homelessness: Veterans - Question 31 Jan 2024

    My Lords, I sometimes worry that Questions such as this convey a wider impression that military service somehow leads to long-term social disadvantage. That is just not the case. A glance at the figures on the national census from England and Wales shows that, if you have not done military service, you have a 20% chance of reaching the age of 65 and only a 5.1% chance of passing the age of...

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